How did Leonardo Da Vinci become a master of fields so diverse as anatomy, physics, dentistry, art, music, astronomy, engineering, and many, many more? It's a question worth asking. If we can capture just a percentile of his brilliance, we can contribute and accomplish a lot in our lives. Da Vinci made discoveries that were centuries ahead of his time, despite lacking a formal education. Some accounts of history suggest, however, that his brilliance might be because of the lack of formal education. Circulation. So let's start with something that he was surprisingly wrong about. That's weird to say isn't it? In Walter Isaacson's
For years I've listened to the Tim Ferriss Show, and listened to business speakers discuss the importance of not taking just any customer. That focusing on the right customers is important as anything. Whilst the message was in my ear, I never implemented it. That is, until I got a whole heap of problematic clients that drained all my time and energy. They wanted everything done when they said so, and they pestered me all the time. Finally, I began cutting them. I learnt the lesson, because I earnt it, through pain and mistakes. Through experience, I l-earnt it. I could sit down
The Most Interested Person Of All Time There was once a man who, five hundred years ago, figured out that birds wings flap up at a different speed to which they flap down. But he was no zoologist. He mapped out the dental structure of humans. But never practiced dentistry. He devised an experiment with a bull's heart and wax to determine how blood flowed in the heart. But he never treated a patient. He discovered friction, plus some of Newton's Laws two hundred years ahead of time, but didn't publish scientific findings at all. He designed flying machines, crossbows, and other feats of engineering.
This is Warren Buffett and Charles T. Munger. If you've never seen or heard of them before, they're two of the most famous investors of all time, and their partnership has lasted 62 years. They were introduced at a dinner party by a mutual friend who thought they'd get along in 1959. They form one of the most powerful partnerships of all time, and they show us the importance and impact that the right people can have on your life. The Impact I can't really comment on the impact Buffett has had on Munger, or vice versa. I'm not privy to their inner circles.
When I was in my late teens, I didn’t really understand that entrepreneurship could be a path for me. It just seemed like this thing Richard Branson (creator of Virgin) did. It didn’t seem accessible even though I read his book and learnt about his story. I remember another moment when I was at university studying psychology. We did this unit on consumer psychology and I thought about how fascinating that would be as a career path, but I was in a bind. My dream had been, for however long, to be a filmmaker and not a psychologist. I looked at these
Imagine your life one year from now. You cannot be certain that you’ll have more money than you do now. Incomes rise and fall, markets change overnight, and you never know what is lurking around the corner. Your job can go, the banking system can collapse, and everything you’ve saved and worked hard for can be wiped away in an instant. And you may be sufficiently diversified. You may listen to Ray Dalio, you may have a few piles of gold, and your fat-bellied, horn-rimmed glasses-wearing financial advisor might tell you at your appointments that everything is in order. But even
Define: Conversation Sex The experience of deeply rewarding and pleasurable conversation, consisting of selfless penetration and climax. Requires at least two participants - can try to do it on your own but never the same. The Importance Of Conversation Sex One thing that has become clear to me is our need for Conversation Sex in society. I’m uniquely positioned to see this now that my writing and podcast are firmly out there, as these topics trigger the most deep and fascinating conversations with people. Fact: Most people are not having enough Conversation Sex. It’s unhealthy and unnatural. As a result, I find myself
We should all ask what we want to do with our lives. We should all ask who we want to be. But we should not expect to find one single and simple answer to that question. I can’t think of anything worse. Why should you be only one thing? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ng9OduLP6c The pressure you might feel to be just ‘one thing’ in your life and in your society is based on a very limited style of ‘Box Thinking’. We fell into, some time ago, a way of thinking about social roles that is not set in stone - but it feels like it is. Instead of
If you're reading this you've probably asked me, Joe, a very simple question. Well, at least it seems like a very simple question. But instead of a simple answer, I've sent you this instead. Questions Like